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Study Philosophy in Germany: 19 Universities with 21 English Degree Programs

All important info for international students in Germany (2022/2023)

Updated: 05-29-2022 | Reading Time: 5 minutes

Often associated with past generations of influential philosophers, such as Kandt, Habermas, and Arendt, the interdisciplinary English-language Master’s programs in Philosophy offered by German universities take these foundations of philosophy and apply them pragmatically to deal with pressing and important issues of our societies today. 

The programs often focus on ethics, philosophy of science or technology and  intersect with other disciplines such as economics, history, law, sports and politics. It is also possible to enter a broader course of study in Philosophy and subsequently define your own area of specialization. All options are available in our Study Finder.

Overview

masters
21

Study Programs in English

universities
19

Universities

ranking
15

Universities in International Rankings

Tuition Fees

Minimum:

0,- € (14 programs for EU citizens, 13 programs for Non-EU citizens)

Maximum:

10,520 € per semester (1 program for EU citizens/Non-EU)

Application Deadlines

Winter Semester

between May 31 and May 01

Summer Semester

between May 31 and September 15

View all 21 courses still open for next intake

Top-ranked German Universities in Philosophy

#32Times Higher Education Ranking
LMU - Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

public University

No. of Students: approx. 47,000 students

Program Fees: 0,- € (per semester)

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) #48, QS World University Rankings #64
#38Times Higher Education Ranking
Technical University of Munich

public Technical University

No. of Students: approx. 42,000 students

Program Fees: 0,- € (per semester)

QS World University Rankings #50, Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) #52

Tuition Fees

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5 English Degree Programs for Philosophy in Germany

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Learn to merge consumer psychology and new technologies to develop your marketing skillsFind out how to meet consumer’s needs with digital toolsWork in small groups on practical projects with the industry
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Double Degree Jointly offered by Leuphana University and the University of Groningen in the NetherlandsUnique Mix: Psychology + SustainabilityGreat career options as a one-of-a-kind-specialist
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A unique program to exercise philosophical reflection about scientific developmentsStudy at Leibniz Universität Hannover - one of the TU9 German Universities of ExcellenceHave the option to study abroad at one of Hannover’s partner universities
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Learn how social, economic, and political sciences are interlinkedResearch, policy, and other intriguing career prospectsLive and study in a vibrant metropolis
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The interdisciplinary program teaches students to analyze the complex settings in which modern states find themselvesFreedom to choose your specialization in law, politics, public economics, or development theory and policyCooperation with the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Winter Semester 2022/2023

Summer Semester 2023

Winter Semester 2023/2024

Open Programs

Application Requirements

The Master's program in Philosophy is open to students of all disciplines. It is not restricted to students who have already completed a Bachelor's degree in the subject. 

When you apply to a Master’s program in Germany, universities will usually expect you to have an academic degree in a related discipline. For the subject of Philosophy, and especially the interdisciplinary courses, this can vary from program to program. Relevant first degrees are often from the disciplines of Philosophy, Economics, Political Science, Law, Life Sciences or STEM subjects. For most programs, entrance tests or interviews are not part of the admission process, students must simply submit required documents. In addition to standard certificates (e.g. first degree certificate, a transcript of records, a language certificate), a CV and a letter of motivation are typically required.

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Application Modes

Application Modes

0% national admission restriction (national NC)
28.6% local admission restriction (local NC)
33.3% no admission restriction
38.1% no information provided

Application Process

Application Process

76.2% directly at University
19% via uni-assist

6 English Degree Programs for Philosophy in Germany

Language Requirements

IELTS Band

TOEFL Scores

Cambridge Levels

Minimum:

5 (1 program )

Minimum:

72 (2 programs )

Minimum:

B2 First (FCE) (2 programs )

Maximum:

7.5 (1 program )

Maximum:

100 (1 program )

Maximum:

C2 Proficiency (CPE) (6 programs )

IELTS Band

Minimum:

5 (1 program )

Maximum:

7.5 (1 program )

TOEFL Scores

Minimum:

72 (2 programs )

Maximum:

100 (1 program )

Cambridge Levels

Minimum:

B2 First (FCE) (2 programs )

Maximum:

C2 Proficiency (CPE) (6 programs )

4 English Degree Programs for Philosophy in Germany

Program Features

3-8 semesters

Duration
Online Courses
degree typesDegree Types

Master of Arts

Master of Science

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

Beginning

Winter intake

66.7%

Summer intake

4.8%

Winter & Summer intake

28.6%

List of all German Universities offering English-taught Study Programs in Philosophy

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Bard College Berlin

private (state-approved) University · No. of Students: 250

Program Fees: 10,520 € - 14,875 €

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

Bielefeld University

public University · No. of Students: 24,000

Program Fees: 0,- €

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

M.A. (Master of Arts)

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

Brand University of Applied Sciences

private (state-approved) University of Applied Sciences · No. of Students: 300

Program Fees: 5,340 € - 6,840 €

M.A. (Master of Arts)

FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

public University · No. of Students: 36,000

Program Fees: 1,633 €

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

M.A. (Master of Arts)

B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science)

Frankfurt School of Finance and Management

private (state-approved) University · No. of Students: 2,900

Program Fees: 7,050 €

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

MBA (Master of Business Administration)

M.A. (Master of Arts)

B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science)

LL.M. (Master of Laws)

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